Palermo’s Pizza workers in Milwaukee, are marking one month on strike with two events this week.
The first event took place this afternoon at Palermo’s Pizza corporate headquarters at 3301 West Canal St. in Milwaukee where 150 workers dropped off petitions with 15,000 signatures calling on Palermo’s to stop the harassment. The workers, joined by local unions, faith leaders, community members and students, delivered stacks of signed petitions to management in pizza boxes as a “special delivery,” calling for the company to reinstate strikers without retaliation and honor the labor dispute. Palermo's Pizza allowed only one person to drop off the petitions so 8-year-old Daniella, a daughter of one of the workers, dropped the petitions at the feet of two police officers standing by the door.
Palermo's Pizza workers are demanding recognition for their union and seeking reinstatement of workers who were terminated for organizing and protesting the company’s unlawful conduct under federal labor laws, which is the subject of charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Their goal is to meet with the company to discuss workplace problems, including significant health and safety concerns and unfair treatment.
Among the unions joining the petition drop off were the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals , AFT , UAW , United Steelworkers ( USW ), the Amalgamated Transit Union ( ATU ) and SEIU .
Thursday at 1 p.m., also outside Palermo’s Pizza headquarters, the workers will hold a “Sick of Working Sick” press conference on the lack of paid sick days. Palermo's Pizza workers will join with the national membership organization 9to5 , a leader in the fight for paid sick days.
Follow the Palermo’s Strike on Twitter: @PalermosStrike
Sign the Palermo's workers' petition here .
Photo by Jenna Pope.